We use first and third party cookies to improve our service, personalize your advertising and remember your website preference. If you continue to browse, you accept the use of cookies on our site. For more information (e.g. how to disable cookies) please see our cookies policy.

National Geographic Society
National GeographicNat Geo WildNat Geo People


Join the team who recover and reassemble the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) that launch the space shuttle into orbit. Technicians, seamen, and engineers catch, recover, and rebuild these critical vehicles, making sure that they are safe to fly every time they are bolted to the side of the launch vehicle. If they don’t get every detail exactly right, disaster can occur: on January 28, 1986, NASA lost seven astronauts in the Challenger disaster as a result of a small fault in one of the SRBs. The risks to those who carry out the SRB work are less publicized but very real, and the job demands everything from open water dive operations to working with high explosives. The launch lasts just minutes, but it’s only the beginning of a process where the lives of astronauts and the health of the entire space program hang in the balance.

Read More

Mega Breakdown on Facebook

Get news on your profile. Click here
  • National Geographic

    Find out more

    Smart, factual entertainment featuring popular science, technology, natural history, archaeology, natural mysteries.

  • Nat Geo WILD

    Find out more

    A unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.

  • Find us on Facebook

    Join Us

    The official Facebook page for National Geographic TV Asia

  • Sign-up now

    Find out what's on with our monthly programme updates.